A Multicountry Study on Nursing Students’ Self-Perceived Competence and Barriers to Evidence-Based Practice

Leodoro J. Labrague, Denise McEnroe-Petitte, Melba Sheila D'Souza, Helen Shaji John Cecily, Dennis C. Fronda, Olaide B. Edet, Julia Enang Ibebuike, Latha Venkatesan, Joseph U. Almazan, Majid Al Amri, Ephraim C. Mirafuentes, Arcalyd Rose R. Cayaban, Jawaher A. Bin Jumah

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Abstract Background Nursing education and training are essential in the attainment of evidence-based practice (EBP) competence in nursing students. Although there is a growing literature on EBP among nursing students, most of these studies are confined to a single cultural group. Thus, cross-cultural studies may provide shared global perspectives and theoretical understandings for the advancement of knowledge in this critical area. Aims This study compared self-perceived EBP competence among nursing students in four selected countries (India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Oman) as well as perceived barriers to EBP adoption. Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional, and comparative survey of 1,383 nursing students from India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Oman participated in the study. The Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire (EBP-COQ) and the BARRIERS scale were used to collect data during the months of January 2016 to August 2017. Results Cross-country comparisons revealed significant differences in EBP competence (F = 24.437, p 
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)236-246
Number of pages11
JournalWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • attitudes
  • competence
  • cultural implications
  • evidence-based practice
  • knowledge
  • skills
  • multicountry research
  • nursing student

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